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Easy Vegan Chili

Easy Vegan, Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Chili is the perfect cold weather comfort food. It’s easy to throw together if you keep your pantry well stocked with cans of beans and tomatoes. Gotta always be prepared for a zombie apocalypse, right? (We’ve been binge watching The Walking Dead with Tony cat recently.) Back when I first stopped eating meat, I made my chili with vegan sausage or meatless grounds, but they never hold up as well as beans do. You can use any kind of beans you like for this recipe. This batch was made with chickpeas and pinto beans.

Of course, the best thing about chili is the toppings! Check out my suggestions below, or try the toppings I used here: The Vegan Roadie’s cashew sour cream, sliced scallions, and a heavy dose of nutritional yeast.

Easy Vegan, Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Easy Vegan Chili
Makes 4 hearty bowls
Total time: approx 1 hour

Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
1 tbsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 large can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
3 cups vegetable broth (or water)
2 cans (15 oz each) of beans
Salt and pepper

Topping Ideas
Sliced scallions
Nutritional yeast
Cashew sour cream
Vegan cheese shreds
Jalapeno peppers
Avocado chunks
Fresh cilantro
Fried onions
Lime wedges

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion, then saute until the onion begins to sweat. Add the cumin, Italian seasoning, paprika, and cayenne pepper, then saute for a couple more minutes until fragrant.

Add the tomatoes and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover, but tilt the lid slightly so steam can escape. Simmer for approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the beans. Season with salt and pepper. Stir and taste the chili frequently as it can be easy to accidentally go overboard with the salt. Continue to simmer uncovered until the liquid is reduced and desired consistency is achieved (approx 10 minutes).

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    sileas
    December 14, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Yum! I saw it on your Insta stories and I was drooling o_O

    • Reply
      wazwu
      December 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Haha, you saw the final trial run before this blog post went live!

  • Reply
    Erin (Platings and Pairings)
    December 14, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Yummy! Love the suggestion to sprinkle nutritional yeast on top – I’ll definitely need to give that a try!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      December 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks, and I hope you enjoy! I’m a nutritional yeast addict, and I can’t help but sprinkle it on everything!

  • Reply
    Marlynn Jayme Schotland
    December 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I love vegan chili and this looks SO delicious! I’ve never tried that brand of vegan sour cream and will have to check it out!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      December 16, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks so much! You definitely have to give that vegan sour cream recipe a try. Super easy and tastes great!

  • Reply
    catherinemryan
    December 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    It is certainly chili weather, especially today in Portland. My kids and I just got inside from playing in the snow, and everyone needed something hot to warm up!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      December 16, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Hope you and your family are staying warm! The weather in Portland has been crazy lately.

  • Reply
    Jenni Bost (@jennibost)
    December 14, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    This looks delish. I think vegan chili sounds like a great alternative to the normal heavier chilis. I would have never have thought to use nutritional yeast.

    • Reply
      wazwu
      December 16, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you! I love that the beans add lots of protein without making the chili too heavy. :)

  • Reply
    Geoff
    December 15, 2016 at 10:31 am

    This looks delicious . . . even to a guy who purposely avoids anything with the word “vegan” in it.

    • Reply
      wazwu
      December 16, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Haha, thank you!

  • Reply
    jewels
    December 15, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    So, when’s dinner?

    • Reply
      wazwu
      December 16, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Hahah, whenever you make it out to Portland? ;)

  • Reply
    Erin
    December 16, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    As a vegetarian in need of some warm hearty meals this winter, this is definitely getting added to my list!!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      December 31, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Always great to connect with another veggie eater! Let me know if you get a chance to try out my recipe. :)

  • Reply
    PinaySkattebasse
    December 17, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I now know the secret. It’s the toppings. :) Chili is indeed good in this kind of weather. brrrrr

    • Reply
      wazwu
      December 31, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Haha, yes! I sometimes go a little overboard with the toppings. ;P Hope you’re staying warm!

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